U.S. Fed Cup Team To Host Netherlands, U.S. Davis Cuppers To Travel To Serbia In 2018

The U.S. Davis Cup Team was drawn against Serbia this morning and will travel to Serbia for a Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group First Round tie February 2-4. The U.S. Fed Cup Team was drawn against the Netherlands for its First Round tie February 10-11, and by nature of the U.S. reaching the Fed Cup Final this year, the USTA has the choice to host the tie in the United States, with the decision to come by October 4 or earlier.

The U.S. Fed Cup Team, seeded No. 2 for 2018, last played, and defeated, the Netherlands, 5-0, in a 1998 World Group Quarterfinal tie in Kiawah Island, S.C., meaning the Dutch would traditionally host their next tie with the Americans. The provision that gives Davis Cup and Fed Cup finalists the choice to host their first round ties in the following year’s competitions was passed and went into effect in August, however, giving the United States — which will play Belarus in Minsk in the Fed Cup Final November 10-11 — the option to host, with a deadline of October 4 to make the decision.

The U.S. Davis Cup Team, which was eliminted by Australia in April’s Quarterfinals, last faced Novak Djokovic and Serbia in Boise, Idaho, in 2013. Serbia is seeded seventh in 2018, while the U.S. is unseeded.


Justine Henin has reached the semifinals of the UNICEF Open in the Netherlands.  Henin is preparing for the Wimbledon tournament which kicks off next  Monday.

Henin beat German Kristina Barrois in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 before moving to the next. Henin next faces Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania who beat her opponent in three sets: 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Ralf Reinecke was on the scene to capture magnicifent photographs of Henin and many others.

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Photographer Ralf Reinecke is currently attending the UNICEF Open in The Netherlands for TennisGrandstand. This means lots of photos of lots of good players in the next few days.

And I will start off right here with a whole bunch taken yesterday in sunny Rosmalen. Justine Henin, Dominika Cibulkova, Dinara Safina and Anastasia Rodionova and more all feature in this wonderful pictorial!

Thanks Ralf Reinecke and keep ’em coming!

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From the December 13 chapter of the book ON THIS DAY IN TENNIS HISTORY ($19.95, New Chapter Press,

1992 – Michael Stich of Germany concludes an otherwise disappointing season winning the $2 million first prize at the Grand Slam Cup in Munich, Germany, defeating Michael Chang 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in the final. One year after winning the singles title at Wimbledon, Stich struggles throughout the 1992 season, winning only one title in Rosmalen, the Netherlands, before winning the final tournament of the year with the biggest first prize in the sport. Says Stich after winning in Munich, “I would be much happier winning Wimbledon and getting $10,000 than winning here and getting two million. It counts more for me now that I won the tournament and beat four top ten players. The money comes afterwards, when I’m going to realize just how much I made.”